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The reconstructed prehistoric ancestor of the Germanic languages.


(Languages) the prehistoric unrecorded language that was the ancestor of all Germanic languages


(ˌproʊ toʊ dʒərˈmæn ɪk)

the unattested prehistoric parent language of the Germanic languages.
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Perhaps he was the old Germanic god Beowa, and his exploits originally allegories, like some of those in the Greek mythology, of his services to man; he may, for instance, first have been the sun, driving away the mists and cold of winter and of the swamps, hostile forces personified in Grendel and his mother.
This community is populated by a vast array of bears--statues, signs, stuffed animals--because "bern" is an old Germanic word for "bear.
Ryan's method of applying combined textual and linguistic analysis to Tolkien's literary creation can be seen in full flow in the 'prequel' essay "'The Nameless Wood' and 'The Narrow Path,'" which takes the reader on a journey through the dark and nameless forest of the Ancient East, the Myrkvithr of Old Germanic tales.
Frye in effect runs around the new criticism, back to a method allied to the old Germanic philology, avoiding exegesis of verbal effects at all costs.
The name Werder Bremen is a direct reference to this; the word "Werder" is an old Germanic term which refers to a large piece of land next to a river.
Influence of text type on word order of old Germanic languages; a corpus-based contrastive study of Old English and Old High German.
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The name "Geuze" is an old Germanic word for "gas," a reference to its sparkling, champagne-like quality of this traditional Belgian brew.
The oppression of the Druids (the poem's labeling of the old Germanic people of the Harz region) has been perceived by some critics as a thinly disguised allusion to how Jewish culture has been obscured by assimilation to European Christianity.
156-197), are devoted to the development of the definite article in these two Old Germanic languages.
The word is in fact from an old Germanic root which reappears in the Anglo-Saxon helian 'to hide' and so means nothing more than 'covered up,' or 'hidden from view.